Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: Operation Paperback

Want to know what’s going on? Visit this page.

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(Photo courtesy of Department of Defense – public domain)

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, grassroots program founded in 1999. We collect gently used books and send them to American troops deployed overseas.

Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us. When you join in Operation Paperback, you will let our troops know that you support them, and you have not forgotten them.

Operation Paperback has ways you can volunteer your time and efforts or if you wish, donate postage to help mail the books to our soldiers.

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It’s time for a chance to win this book!

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A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope and love by Jessica Redmond

If you would like to win this book, just leave a comment on any of the posts between NOW and 11:00 a.m. U.S. central time! A winner will be announced in the 11:30 a.m. U.S. central time entry!

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: America Supports You

Want to know what’s going on? Visit this page.

We’ll begin with the mother of all support organizations: America Supports You.

America Supports You

America Supports You is a Department of Defense program that provides opportunities for citizens to show their support for the US Armed Forces. The program was launched in 2004 in an effort to highlight citizen support for our military men and women and communicate that support to the members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

America Supports You connects individuals, organizations and companies to hundreds of homefront groups offering a variety of support to the military community.

The program also connects military service members and their families to homefront groups that provide assistance.

The America Supports You website, www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil, provides a one-stop location for citizens and service members to connect with hundreds organizations eager to help.

America Supports You homefront groups show support in many ways including writing letters and e-mails, sending care packages, offering scholar­ships and helping the wounded when they return home.

If you have a few minutes (in between posts!), please watch their introductory video. I can almost guarantee it’ll being tears to your eyes.

In addition to the above intro video, you’ll find 131 additional touching and informative videos on how you can get involved in America Supports You programs nationwide.

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Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08 – The Beginning Post

Ready for a solid 24-hours of blogging? Are you sure? Brace yourself, it’s going to be a wild ride. 😀

(My apologizes to my RSS readers – your inbox will be flooded with entries for the next 24 hours, but I hope you’ll find the content fun, informative and heart warming).

Support Our Troops

For those of you just tuning in, this is the first entry for the ’08 blog-a-thon. A blog-a-thon is a program that encourages bloggers to post an entry, every thirty minutes, in order to bring awareness and ask for pledges for their favorite charities. The official blog-a-thon site is not active this year, however, I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition. I’m not only participating, I’m putting a little spin on things.

Instead of blogging for just one charity, I will be blogging for many charities all promoting one common theme: Supporting our troops.

And before my international friends tune me out and think this is just for the U.S. Armed forces, consider this: have you shown your support for your country’s troops lately? Now would be the perfect opportunity to look into some organizations that you can get involved with to help show your support for the brave men and women who have the courage to stand up and defend our/your country. And if you would like to pass on those links, please feel free to leave me a comment!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll find the time to sit down and read my blog entries in between chores/activities today and keep me company! Twenty-four hours can be a LOOONG time when there’s no one to talk to. 😀

ALSO! I plan on giving away some really cool books – stay tuned!

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: Support Our Troops

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The last saturday in July every year, (July 26th this year), the blog-o-sphere hosts a blog-a-thon.

A blog-a-thon is:

People who update their websites every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight. For this, they collect sponsorships. Pledges can be a flat donation, or a certain amount for every hour the blogger manages to stay awake.

I think this is an excellent idea and plan on participating every year. This is my second year to participate. Last year, I was part of a collaborative effort and we blogged for First Book. Won’t you join me in blogging for a worthy cause? My blog-a-thon begins July 26th at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time and ends July 27th at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time

The theme for 2008? SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Usually, bloggers pick one charity and blog for that one charity for 24 straight hours. However, this year, I’m approaching the challenge a bit differently.

There are so many worthy organizations out there for our troops that I can’t possibly settle on blogging for just one. So, I would like to take this 2008 blog-a-thon opportunity to showcase several different organizations in the hopes that

1. you will know about these outstandings causes and

2. that you might find it in your heart to partake of these charities and either donate your time, or your money, in helping them carry out their mission.

In addition to some pretty awesome links and an ongoing story about three military women waiting for their men to come home during that 24-hour period, I also plan on giving away two books and one journal.

The first book (are you making notes? I don’t see you writing anything down! Have you added me to your RSS read yet? It’s a whole lot easier than actually clicking over! Do it now before you forget!) I’ll be giving away is:

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A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope and love by Jessica Redmond

This book will be given away beginning at 8:00 a.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 11:30 entry.

The second is:

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Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul: Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield

This book will be given away beginning at 2:00 p.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 6:30 entry.

And the journal will be PERFECT for some lucky winner to record his/her thoughts or events while the loved one is away.

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The journal will be given away beginning at 8:00 p.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 11:30 p.m. entry.

If you are a military spouse (or soldier), or know of a military spouse (or soldier), you really won’t want to miss this. It promises to be a patriotic, and emotional, 24-hours. I plan on showcasing several charities, showing pictures of homecoming moments and posting dedication videos to our wonderful armed forces every thirty minutes.

The fun begins July 26th, at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time. Don’t miss out!

(If you’re participating in the blog-a-thon this year, leave me a comment and I’ll include your link on the blog-a-thon page so others can come visit you!!)

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blogging For Charity – My Way

No Blog-a-thon 2008?

Let’s see a show of hands, how many of you participated in last year’s Blog-a-thon?

*spends a moment to count hands*

And wasn’t it one of the most fun and inspiring 24-hours of your life? Well okay, maybe not your life, but wasn’t it FUN?!

Well, if you haven’t heard, the blog-a-thon is off this year, at least, officially. Life has been beating the administrators down and they simply can’t host it this year. They promise to come back next year but what about this year?? Waah!

I participated in the ‘thon via my writing blog, Write Stuff, which has since been restructured and renamed Write Anything last year. Me, Tammi, Andrea and Dale all took shifts – I started the ‘thon off, then Tammi took over, then Andrea followed suit, Dale ran the graveyard shift and I hopped back on at 4:00 in the morning and finished it off. The ‘thon started the last Saturday of July at 6:00 a.m. and ran until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

You know how challenging it can be to think of something to post once or twice a day? Try posting EVERY THIRTY MINUTES! It was insane trying to stay ahead of the clock, but MAN, it was fun and so INSPIRING! My creative juices were not only flowing, they were OVERflowing.

Our charity was First Book. We feel very strongly that every child deserves a chance to read and exercise his/her imagination. So we blogged to raise money for the program to supply books to underpriviledged children. I believe we raised close to $400.00. So not only was the ‘thon exciting and challenging on a personal level, our efforts went toward a worthy cause, too.

But this year, the blog-a-thon has been cancelled, er, officially. There are a few people trying to run mini-thons (here and here) which I think is great and I may participate in them, but the bottom line is, I really want to continue the tradition in my neck of the woods, er, cyberspace. I’m toying around with the idea of maybe making another small community here at WFK. Just someplace we can gather, exchange links and charities and have a place to call hub.

Are any of you interested in forming our own little mini-thon community for the July 26th 24-hour charity blog-a-thon? Oh silly me, if you don’t know what in the world I’m talking about or what a blog-a-thon is, you can read more about the program at the official website.

Anyway, if you’re interested, just let me know in the comment section (or contact me – my email is in the sidebar), and we’ll go from there.

But for me? I’m totally doing the ‘thon this year. On my WFK blog – I might take a shift at Write Anything if the other writers are interested in participating this year (I haven’t talked to them yet). And then I’m taking a vacation from blogging for a week and will be posting … well, that’s a surprise. You’ll just have to check back (or check your feeder) for the details. 😀

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